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Royal Unibrew A/S

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly called Faxe Premium Danish Lager

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-29-2001

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Photo of Long813
2.56/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

G: Faxe Mug

A: Light golden body (a little darker than the typical macro look). Poured 2.5 inches of head with terrible retention but left fine alcing around the top of the mug.

S: Typical macro graininess, with some malts that give it a sweet finish.

T: Same as taste with prominant graininess. I do taste some sweet malts that smooth over the grains though.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. It's very smooth with only a slight dry/sweet finish.

D: This is probably one of the best macros I have had. The malts come in and balance of the graininess with is nice. It's not that expensive and not terrible in taste. A good go to macro/inebriation beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can, stereotypical taciturn viking imagery staring out from the label.

This beer pours a brightly clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of bubbly, and loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of ocean spray lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of sweet and musty pale grain, unmasked lager yeast, a touch of phenolic plastic, a cheap, overripe pear fruitiness, and slightly skunky (in a can, WTF?) dead leafy and floral hops. The taste is more sweet grainy pale malt, a bit of it bready and tangentially caramelized, and that plastic essence persisting alongside a somewhat acrid sprayed grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly average, not more than a peep after the onset, the body medium-light in weight, and too pithy from the lingering plastic bag character to be considered all that smooth. It finishes sweet, grainy, phenolic, and still mildly stanky in its weak-ass hop bitterness.

An barely-average European macro lager, rendered all the more unimpressive by the apparently additive-free nature of its ingredient list. Increasingly unpleasant as it warms, the dead-eyed sweetness of this one will haunt you for a while after the finish, I guarantee it.

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Photo of Amalak
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had out of a giant 33.8 oz. can.
A- Gold, very largerish color, as you would expect. Bubbly head with a decent amount of lacing and head.
S- Pilsner/lager scent.
T- Slight pilsner taste, but very smooth. Far better than an American Macro Lager. Slight bitter aftertaste. Very solid, even if nothing is spectacular.

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Photo of decimator
2.82/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - clear golden yellow color. Good head but it quickly dissipates.

S - Faint grassy and grainy sent but not much otherwise.

T - A bit of a hoppy finish but the bitter taste is just a tad off.

M - Average carbonation and crisp finish. Typical macro Lager feel.

D - It's drinkable but it's just an average brew that I'll occasionally enjoy.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Faxe Lager....monster can

Appearance-pale golden color, heavy fizzy head, perhaps a little over active, but it looks alright.

Smell-grainy, alcohol appears as well, light malt and hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel- light, some hops, alcohol again, smooth taste but not that much there.

Drinkability-easy drinking but very light.

Overall-not great, not terrible, wouldn't go out of my way to get it but wouldn't refuse.

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Photo of atis
2.91/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can from Riga

Pours brilliant golden with large head that slowly fades, leaves some patchy spots on the walls of the glass. Aroma is faint grassy hops, some malt.

Taste is malt with grassy hops bitterness and hints of it remain in the rather short aftertaste, medium dry finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with average carbonation.

Overall, nothing premium, more like very average.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 500-ml can into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - pale yellow colour, with settled-out foam and mild lacing. Not too bad.

Smell - thin barley malt scents with cut apples.

Taste - flavour is minimal, very clean, a little bit of sweetness before a slightly hoppy ending. Not a lot of character.

Mouthfeel - beer-flavoured pop, low on flavour. Inoffensive carbonation.

Drinkability - not bad but nothing special, in my opinion. Not a really memorable brew, but I wouldn't outright refuse it if offered.

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Photo of thierrynantes
2.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : yellow color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : no significative aroma (malt ?).
Taste and mouthfeel : Light and thin, softly malty, no bitterness. It has no taste.
Drinkability : a not impressed beer in the style Pale Lager.

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Photo of etherashe
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mega-foamy head (likely caused by jostling in my coat pocket on way home from the store), ambery-yellow color. It smells slightly sweet, fruity perhaps.

The taste is a mix of faint sourness with sweetness, and perhaps (on the first few sips) an indiscriminate herbal flavor in the shadows. The mouthfeel is too sweet for my preferences, but not horrible. Simple & sweet (yawn). It's an okay beer, perhaps a step or two above American domestics, but not something I'll yearn for.

The can is damned fun though.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.61/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I CAN't believe how many different beers they have available up here in CANada! I CAN barely keep up.

My pour formed a finger's worth of bubbly bone-white head with low retention. The nose had the ever-present lager-sweetness, leaving no doubt as to what I was drinking. The color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a slightly metallic taste on the tongue. The finish had a lager sweetness, but I still caught that metallic taste on the extreme finish. Oof.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.41/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml can
5.0% ABV

I tried this beer on June 11, 2008 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer pours a translucent dark gold with some reddish hues. The head started out as loose and bubbly before quickly receding to a thin ring. The aroma was very grassy with nothing else notably present. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, medium carbonated. The flavour was primarily grainy malt with a little peppery spiciness on the tip of the tongue.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.04/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I tried this lager after trying the Fest Bock and was disappointed. If this is your first Faxe brew don’t judge them all off this one but hey you might like this one.

Appearance- I do think this is a great looking beer. It has some carbonation that really brings the clear gold body to light. About finger and half of head with some thick lace.

Smell- Smells of corn it is a very grassy and earthy aroma.

Taste- Adjunct flavors of rice,corn and maybe some sugar (it is overly sweet for a lager) hit your tongue right of the bat. Not much real malt taste and just sort of bitter. I thought the aftertaste was unpleasant as well.

Mouthfeel- Full for a beer of this style and smooth.

Drinkability- I don’t really recommend this beer other than to give it a try.

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Photo of rodenbach99
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

canette de 500ml.

belle couleur blonde-dorée très claire, la mousse est blanche et passablement durable. nez malté peu prononcé, pas de houblon au nez, la bouche est très rafraichissante, vers le malt, un peu métallique ce qui ne l'avantage pas. très ordinaire

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Photo of Graham5161986
2.26/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: clear, darkish yellow with bubbly head that dissipates quickly, leaving very little lace; plenty of carbonation bubbles

S: weak grassy nose and a little metallic

T: grassy taste, but the flavour drops off quickly leaving a sour, metallic aftertaste

M: thin, watery with a flat finish

D: A below standard macro lager - easy to put down, but not particularly enjoyable. I won’t be buying this one again.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One litre can, best before 24/June/2009.

Poured four times into my Veltins pilsner glass.

It is a clear deep golden yellow with a good white head.

Like all lagers/pilsners it doesn't have a big nose.

It could almost be a Dort or a good German Export Pilsner, it has a good solid body and tastes clean, with a hop and yeast feel. It is certainly better than a lot of other lagers out there.

Overall an ideal beer for quenching your thirst, but not a world beater in excitment or inovational brewing.

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Photo of AltBock
1.76/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My Faxe came in a massive 1 Liter can. Yes, you read that right, a 1 Liter can! I've never seen a beer before that ccomes in a 1 Liter can before. I've seen those pony kegs before, but not a regular pop tab 1 Liter can before. It's more of an oddity than anything. It looks like a white oil can with a beer label on it. This beer label is gold, forest green, and red colored with the name of the beer in big gold letters and above the name of the beer is a head shot of a long haired smiling Viking. To me, a Viking would always have a serious face on, but I guess this one is the rare sensitive Vikings. I don't think many Vikings are or were like him. Under one of the beer labels is the US Government warning and in between the labels is the address of the brewery, ingredients, barcode, US distributor, and who the distributor in Poland is. Refund value can be found on top of the can. No date anywhere, but there is somekind of brewery or distributor number on the bottom of the can that has no use to the consumer.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsner glass, the beer's color was somewhere between a sunshine yellow and a nice healthy urine yellow. Not really the best mixture of yellow in the world for the color of a beer. I guess it could have been worse. It could have just been the color of unhealthy urine. The initial head of white foam was about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in height, but that quickly dissipated into a few specks of white spots and lace around the glass.

Smell: It smells like an unwashed 9th century Danish Viking after he just raped and pillaged a small European town. It really didn't like that, but I'm going the easy way and say that it smells like your average run of the mill macro. That means that the aroma only contains malted corn and rice with just a hint of apple juice in the background. None of those are really that good. I think I would have opted for my first example instead. That would have given this beer some kind of character.

Taste: I wish I could write that despite it's lack of color and smell, this beer had tons of flavor to it. That's not going to happen anytime soon. It tastes like it smells, except that they watered down the corn and rice, got rid of the apple juice (that's good!), and added a tiny and I mean tiny taste of bitter hops at the end. Usually corn and rice aren't the best flavors to taste in your beer, but it's worse when they decide to water them down for some reason. I'm still confused about that.

Mouthfeel: This is where the beer could redeem itself by saying "I'm not all that bad, let me show you some flavor." It didn't show me crap! The only thing it showed me was that it's weak, way too light, and had an aftertaste of corn and rice. No more corn and rice, I've had me share of that in the taste.

Drinkability: If I was a Viking, I would consider it a slap in the face if one my kind was on this beer label. To me, a Viking is suppose to be a fierce fighting machine, but this beer is the complete opposite, weak and light. Basically, I found this beer is just another cheap macro to get Biltzed on. There's nothing interesting about this beer, except that it came in a 1 Liter can. That's it! There's no way I would touch this stuff again.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Exp 05/09/08. Pale yellow, clear and see through. Big white head initially, carbonation was just barely there but it stayed throughout. Minimal lacing as the glass emptied, second pour brought quite a bit back. Smells a bit skunky but not offensive, wet grass / damp basement. The taste is bitter, mildly hoppy, with a bit of malt in the background to smooth it over. There is a thin body and dry mouthfeel. This is quaffable enough although a little gassy. Overall, pretty standard fare and true to the style; not the best example of its type but certainly not the worst either.

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Photo of plaid75
2.69/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw hue with a three finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a faint grainy malt and a light balancing noble hop.

The taste consisted of a light grain with a an astringent bitterness toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was on the thin side with a dry finish.

Overall an unimpressive Euro Lager. Many better out there. The one liter can was pretty cool though.

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Photo of Suds
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From a one-liter can, this is a decent and drinkable lager. It presents a nice floral hop aroma and a restrained but genuinely pleasant malt backdrop. It's a clear, golden-yellow color, and the head is tall and firm. The beer is clean and straightforward. It's also satisfying, which is a lot more than can be said for other european lagers. The finish has a little hop bitterness, but could have carried a little more flavor. It's an okay brew...also, the can is perfect for a one liter mug.

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Photo of ekempey
2.97/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 1 li, 1.8oz can into a pint glass.
A nice deep chapagne color and beige head top off this beer, as the large frothy head settles into a constant 3 finger state. The aroma of the beer hints of fruits and hops, and the taste is of mostly malty but also some hoppy notes. The 5% ABV is barely noticeable behind this as it is drinkable. The only problem is there is no backbone in the beer, there is taste on the front end of it, but barely any on the back end. An average beer at best imo, nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of Shadman
3.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big white can with a tough looking norseman on the front.

A deep yellow in color, this beer had a decent head and retention, slight below average lacing. All in all, average.

Nose is very faint, some grainy malts, a hint of that euro lager hop.

Hop & malt seem to be in good harmony initially...neither wants to dominate the other. Only slightly sweet, slightly spicy.

Smooth, slight crisp mouthfeel.

A decent euro lager..one that is easy to drink and might be killer on tap. Would certainly be a good entry beer for someone unfamilar with Euro lagers ( ie. Molson Canadian Drinker)

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a one-liter can:

Pours straw yellow with a thick, foamy white head.

The smell is of sweet grain. Euro-style, but no "Euro-skunk". Some continental-type hops.

The taste is...well, like a Euro-lager without the Euro-skunk - Sweet grain with a fair amount of balancing hops. Finishes dry and crisp.

It has something of a body for the style.

Not bad at all for the style. I was pleasantly surprised. Sure beats many other Euro-lagers as far as taste...would make a nice summer "no brainer but tasty enough" refresher..Good enough to wonder if this comes in a keg for a summer barbecue...

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.42/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant pale yellow with a big frothy white head that quickly diminishes. The smell is a pleasant sweet, grainy, malt with a hint of floral hops. This Faxe Danish Lager, out of the 1L can, is light bodied and has a low carbonation that gives it a smooth mouthfeel. The taste is light and balances the dominant pale malt with a very, very slightly bitter/mettalic finish. Overall a beer that is easy to drink and surprisingly light tasting for a 5.5 ABV.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean, well-brewed, Euro lager. Nice golden color. Average head retention. Floral and herbal hops in the nose with a touch of grainy malt. Nice, lightly sweet, just slightly tart malt base (because of pH from yeast and fermentation - not infection). Solid bitterness. Really nice balance. Clean, drinkable, refreshing. And, OK, the big-assed can is kind of cool!

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Photo of bonbright7
1.66/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was looking for something different in the cooler at the deli when I spied this and took it home. It poured well to a big head with tons of little bubbles, like champagne, and I eagerly was anticipating a big tasting lager.

The that was the good news.

The beer was thin, watery, with a touch of bitter hops. I let it warm up to see if anything transpired: nothing.

Needless to say, I up ended the huge can into the sink and looked for something else in the fridge.

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